Balaji Telefilms has always grabbed eyeballs since its inception and held people’s attention gaining a devout viewership for their intriguing daily soaps with a contemporary storyline and tinge of India’s ancient ‘Sanskars’. This time with Yeh Hai Mohabbatein the team has succeeded in delivering a distinctive soap opera dealing with tangled interpersonal relationships with some melodramatic touches.
The story of yore showcases Raman Bhalla (Karan Patel) and Shagun’s (Anita Hassanandani) tumultuous first marriage, eventually leading to a chasm. Enter Ishita (Divyanka Tripathi) – a principled, mature, judicious woman bubbling with love and bouts of energy which borders the feminine pride and rebelliousness. Raman and Shagun have a charming little daughter Ruhi whom Ishita adores. As the story staggers forward, post Raman and Shagun’s divorce, Ishita enters into wedlock with him.
The story is set against the backdrop of three families, witnessing the inevitable and inescapable tribulations of life. They sail together hand-in-hand with Ishita being portrayed as the cornerstone in the family who reprimands, coaxes and tackles their topsy turvy issues but maintains the family bond. Ishita and Raman lead a happy family and time breezes by. Their son is married to Shagun and Mani’s (her spouse) daughter Aaliya and their daughter Ruhi is now a young business executive in her dad’s company. Previously, Ishita and Raman’s parents had their horns locked and argued over petty issues which are a slice of history now.
The best part that the production team has maintained so far is the clarity of the story. If one happens to dig deep long strings of never-ending chaos and relations gone sour and patched elsewhere unearth; however the story is coherent and apparently intelligible. Exceptionally, this time Ekta Kapoor isn’t pulling out the corpses back from their graves to peculiarizing the story from the rest of her previous productions.
The only clichéd part about Yeh Hai Mohabbatein is the occult elixir of life that keeps their characters distinctively young no matter how many depressing battles one fights or grows through life. At certain times, the show seems to unfold draggingly with bursts of emotions and melodramatic dialogues but it is quickly compensated with an underlying message that makes the soap worth watching!
The glamorously lascivious lifestyle and the array of designer accessories plus best bib and tuckers are a thing of desire. Concisely speaking, the story casts light on the nuances in families, a changing and more acceptable society in the making, the requisites of a content family marked with the emboldened portrayal of females. The show is a massive hit amongst the viewers and is looked upon as a gateway from the mundane into an alluring respite.